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A Greek Experience

Although close to mainland Greece, the island of Evia has a wonderfully remote and undiscovered feel with stunning scenery, beautiful coastline, traditional villages and picturesque beaches. Add delicious local food, wines, medieval castles, Byzantine churches, and warm Greek hospitality. The Greek capital of Athens is a stones throw from Evia, offering a wealth of ancient sites, magnificent museums, wonderful shopping and food. Why not make a stop there before flying home?

From£1,199

  • Greece

  • 7, 9 nights
  • Half Board
  • May

    Sep

  • Guided Adagio Holidays

Tour codes: 5550055509

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This holiday includes an active sightseeing programme with unchallenging walks, either city tours or strolls on relatively easy terrain in the surrounding countryside. If in a mountainous area, the walks will be amongst the hills rather than up and down them. Local guides, winery visits, traditional villages and time to pause and watch the locals going about their lives are likely to feature.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring a quiet corner of Greece
  • Inter-active cookery demonstration
  • Seeing the ancient Drakospita or dragon houses
  • Coastal walks with taverna lunches and wine tasting

Well known for its white sand beaches, azure seas and golden sunsets, Greece has so much more to offer its visitors. Close to the mainland, the island of Evia has a wonderfully remote and undiscovered feel. It encapsulates the Greece of decades ago – unspoilt and pristine - a haven for the traveler looking for a more natural environment. The enchanting scenery, beautiful coastline, traditional villages and picturesque beaches make it a perfect destination. Add into the mix delicious local cuisine, wines, medieval castles, Byzantine churches, and warm Greek hospitality and you have the ingredients to experience and savour the real Greece.

On this holiday, from our base in the lovely seaside town of Karystos at the foot of Mount Ochi, we’ll explore the beautiful countryside, visit a winery, enjoy a Greek cooking demonstration and discover some of the island’s history - all at a leisurely pace so that you can relax and fully enjoy this spectacular corner of Greece.

If you want to extend your exploration, why not stay in Athens at the end of the holiday? Take a look at the itinerary for further details

  • Flights from London Heathrow to Athens with British Airways
  • Airport transfers
  • En-suite accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Dinners taken at a mix of our hotel and local restaurants (Athens extension is breakfast only)
  • All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers
  • Interactive cooking deomonstration
  • Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary Tips
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice. All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers are included in the cost of your holiday. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Karystos

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly into Athens airport and transfer by coach to the coastal town of Karystos. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and we will have a refreshment stop en route. We arrive in plenty of time for dinner, which will be at our hotel this evening. NB: We make the transfer by road to the hotel instead of road/ferry as the ferry times do not always match closely with the flight arrival time and travelling by road saves a long wait at the ferry port.

Day 2

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

With a relaxed start today, we’ll visit the Kalivia Visitor Centre for information on the local area, before taking a walk (about 3 hours) during which we will see the pretty streamside church of Agia Triada and the Byzantine church of Tachiarchos. We’ll find a perfect spot for our picnic lunch. This evening there’s a fun Greek language lesson before dinner!

Day 3

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We explore the coastal town of Karystos this morning, visiting a local honey producer. You may wish to continue exploring on your own or join an optional local walk before we have our early evening cookery demonstration with the hotel chef, preparing a traditional dish as part of this evening’s meal.

Day 4

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel to the charming village of Old Styra, located on a hillside overlooking the coast, where we walk (approx. 3 hours) to the mysterious megalithic Drakospita or Dragon House, dating back some 4,500 years.

Day 5

Karystion

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A sightseeing walk takes us to the Roman Aqueduct and the Castello Rosso, which dominates the foothills of Mt Ochi.  We’ll have time to enjoy a taverna lunch at the end of our walk in the village of Myli.

Day 6

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We’ll enjoy a morning walk to the attractive port town of Marmari, and an afternoon visit to see a folklore collection giving us an insight into traditional Greek life. Dinner this evening will be at a traditional Greek taverna.

Day 7

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our Churches walk today offers expansive views above the coast and surrounding countryside. In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to walk to the Montofoli organic winery. Here we’ll learn about the wine making process, enjoy a tasting. We’ll walk back to the hotel (about 30 minutes) having built up a hearty appetite for our farewell dinner.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Time to finish packing and relax at the hotel before taking the ferry back to the mainland and Athens airport having had a great insight into Greek life.

From (GBP)£1,199

Departure dates for your selected tour

1st May 2021 - 8th May 2021 (7 Nights)

8th May 2021 - 15th May 2021 (7 Nights)

11th Sep 2021 - 18th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

18th Sep 2021 - 25th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Karystos

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly into Athens airport and transfer by coach to the coastal town of Karystos. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and we will have a refreshment stop en route. We arrive in plenty of time for dinner, which will be at our hotel this evening. NB: We make the transfer by road to the hotel instead of road/ferry as the ferry times do not always match closely with the flight arrival time and travelling by road saves a long wait at the ferry port.

Day 2

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

With a relaxed start today, we’ll visit the Kalivia Visitor Centre for information on the local area, before taking a walk (about 3 hours) during which we will see the pretty streamside church of Agia Triada and the Byzantine church of Tachiarchos. We’ll find a perfect spot for our picnic lunch. This evening there’s a fun Greek language lesson before dinner!

Day 3

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We explore the coastal town of Karystos this morning, visiting a local honey producer. You may wish to continue exploring on your own or join an optional local walk before we have our early evening cookery demonstration with the hotel chef, preparing a traditional dish as part of this evening’s meal.

Day 4

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel to the charming village of Old Styra, located on a hillside overlooking the coast, where we walk (approx. 3 hours) to the mysterious megalithic Drakospita or Dragon House, dating back some 4,500 years.

Day 5

Karystion

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A sightseeing walk takes us to the Roman Aqueduct and the Castello Rosso, which dominates the foothills of Mt Ochi.  We’ll have time to enjoy a taverna lunch at the end of our walk in the village of Myli.

Day 6

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We’ll enjoy a morning walk to the attractive port town of Marmari, and an afternoon visit to see a folklore collection giving us an insight into traditional Greek life. Dinner this evening will be at a traditional Greek taverna.

Day 7

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our Churches walk today offers expansive views above the coast and surrounding countryside. In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to walk to the Montofoli organic winery. Here we’ll learn about the wine making process, enjoy a tasting. We’ll walk back to the hotel (about 30 minutes) having built up a hearty appetite for our farewell dinner.

Day 8

Athens

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Time to finish packing and relax at the hotel before taking the ferry back to the mainland. We stop at the airport first for the departing passengers, before continuing on to the hotel in Athens for your two night stay. Please note: There is an Overnight tax in Greece that is payable upon check in at the hotel. The Hotel Arion is eur1.50 per room per night and isn't included in your holiday charge.

Day 9

Athens

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Athens is a treasure trove of ancient sites, interesting museums and exhibits, great restaurants and shopping. Your unescorted two night stay gives you the opportunity to sample Greece’s capital city at your own pace. You may wish to explore the Monastraki flea market, join a walking tour to learn about the city’s cuisine or art, visit one of the smaller, but interesting, museums such as the Benaki Museum, which is housed in a beautiful neo classical building. Restaurants in Athens offer an array of dishes from the traditional to the more contemporary – something for everyone!

Don’t forget - archaeological sites in Greece offer a 50% reduction on the entrance fee to EU citizens aged 65 or over on proof of age

Day 10

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Leave Athens today for your return light back to the UK. You make your own way back to the airport, which can be done by metro, airport bus or taxi. Your hotel will be able give you all the information on transfers to the airport.

From (GBP)£1,320

Departure dates for your selected tour

1st May 2021 - 10th May 2021 (9 Nights)

8th May 2021 - 17th May 2021 (9 Nights)

11th Sep 2021 - 20th Sep 2021 (9 Nights)

18th Sep 2021 - 27th Sep 2021 (9 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is a summary of the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Karystion

Karystos is set amongst the foothills of Mt Ochi in the southernmost part of Evia. Its picturesque harbour with jetty and promenade, traditional cafes and ouzeries and endless beaches make it a lovely place to spend a holiday. The town also has banks, supermarkets, tourist information centre and a very good archaeological museum. Karystos, and the villages of southern Evia, have a tradition of wine making, cheese, honey and sweet preserves, with such delicacies as bergamot, baby fig, crabapple and lemon blossom depending on the season.

The Hotel Karystion is a real gem. Located on a tree-lined park promontory overlooking the sea, the hotel's canopied wraparound verandas are a perfect place to relax with a drink after a day of exploring. The hotel has a restaurant, café/bar and a contemporary furnished lounge.

Hotel rooms are en suite and facilities include: Climate control, television, mini fridge, telephone, hairdryer and fully furnished private balcony with park or sea views.


Hotel Arion

We stay at the centrally located, Hotel Arion, which offers en suite rooms with television and hairdryer. The hotel has a lounge, bar and a rooftop terrace with views towards the Acropolis. Close by you will find many restaurants, bustling markets and easy access to the city’s sites. Breakfast is included at the hotel. A hotel tax is applicable in Greece, which is payable on arrival at the hotel. The cost depends on the star rating of the hotel and is between €1.50-€3.00 per person per night

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants. 

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Country Currency

The currency in Greece is the euro. ATMs and banks are widely available in the larger towns and villages. Most establishments accept credit/debit cards. You may wish to take some euro in cash with you for the first day or so until you locate a bank.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Your Leader

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

We fly from London Heathrow to Athens and return with British Airways. The flight takes approx. 3 hours 45 minutes. We include a transfer from Athens airport to the Hotel Karystion and return. The transfer time is about 3 hours. During the week we’ll travel on foot and by private coach, local buses, ferry and taxis (as appropriate)

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

During the holiday, we eat breakfast and some dinners in the hotel. Other dinners will be taken at local tavernas, and we also include lunch on two days. Lunches on other days are not included in the holiday arrangements but a picnic can be bought from a local supermarket or our day may include a stop at a local taverna. One afternoon we have the opportunity to try our hand at Greek cooking at the hotel, where we will prepare a dish for dinner that evening.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Greece

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Maps & Guidebooks

The best map of the area is Anavasi South Evia, Karistia, Mt Ochi 1:100 000/1: 50 000 

The Rough Guide to Greece and Lonely Planet Greek Islands both offer lots of in-depth information about the island.

Sarah Wheeler’s “Evia: Travels on an undiscovered Greek island” published by Tauris Parke Paperbooks, gives a great insight to the island, history, tradition and people. 

The South Evia website is packed full of information on the area – history, gastronomy, beaches, walking - www.southevia.gr/en

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Country Health

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Please make sure you are insured for guided walking. It is important that you bring your travel insurance documents with you on holiday, including your policy number and 24-hour assistance telephone number.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. 

In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

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Greece

  • Capital

    Athens

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Greek

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

Electricity

230 V

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • March

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • May

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 11mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • October

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

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